- ABOUT US
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Inspired by the processes and laws of the natural world that sustain all lifeforms, the writings of Thomas Berry and other environmental philosophers, lawyers and scientists, and the tradition of Catholic Social Thought to reverence and care for all of creation, the Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ) was created in Fall 2006 with initial funding from a Marie V. Gendron grant at the Schools of Law at Barry and St. Thomas Universities.
CEJ formally began its educational component with an Earth Jurisprudence Seminar offered at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando in Spring 2007. The following year the seminar was offered at St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, as well. More than eighty students have enrolled in courses or seminars for credit offered by CEJ since 2007. By employing a variety of teaching methods and resources, the courses encourage students to think creatively about the responsibilities of humans toward all the members of the natural world and the need to expand legal protections for the members of the Earth community in this unprecedented era of global ecological challenges.
Since its creation, CEJ has focused on providing educational workshops and forums to shift human consciousness to understand humanity’s basic interdependence with the wider natural world; to provide a legal critique of current assumptions, values, and structures of law that are blind to this reality; and to develop alternatives building on current legal tools. CEJ has collaborated with a variety of partner organizations to host conferences addressing aspects of re-visioning law and public policy through a more Earth-centric perspective.
An introductory Earth jurisprudence colloquium took place in April of 2007 at St. Thomas University, followed by an international workshop about the rights and responsibilities needed for adequate water law that fall. A major symposium titled “Framing an Earth Jurisprudence for a Planet in Peril” was held at Barry University School of Law in February 2008. The Barry Law Review published the findings of that symposium in its Winter 2008 issue.
CEJ has participated in conferences on the connections between Earth jurisprudence, global climate change, and global hunger and poverty, both nationally and internationally, especially with the Earth Jurisprudence Resource Center in London and with the Wild Law section of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).
In February 2009, CEJ hosted the “Precautionary Principle Academy: Walking the Green Line” in both Miami and Orlando. CEJ began its annual “Future Generations” conference at the Barry Law School in Spring 2010, and continued with “Water Justice for All” in February 2011, featuring noted water activist, Maude Barlow.
In July 2010 CEJ organized a major conference, “Ecological Integrity: Reconnecting Humans, Health and Habitat,” with internationally renowned environmentalist, author and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva and her sister, health activist Dr. Mira Shiva.
CEJ has also demonstrated a commitment to increasing scholarship and research in the area of Earth jurisprudence. Professor Judy Koons of Barry University School of Law has published several law review articles on Earth Jurisprudence, as has Professor Patrick Tolan, also of the Barry Law School. Please see the Publications page for a listing of current articles published and supported by CEJ.
CEJ relocated to the Barry University School of Law in August 2010. An Earth jurisprudence legacy remains at St. Thomas University School of Law through the creation of a new LL.M in Environmental Sustainability that began in August 2011. For more information on that unique environmental program, please visit www.stu.edu/law/environmentLLM.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
CEJ Events & Presentations“Ethics, Faith & Water”
A program of “Water Voices”
On September 14, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
High Springs New Century Woman’s Club
40 NW First Avenue
High Springs, Florida 32643
Join us for the “Ethics, Faith, and Water: A Confluence,” a public conversation on water ethics for Florida. The event is the third session of the “Water Voices” series.
• Cynthia Barnett, an award-winning journalist and author of the water books “Mirage,” “Blue Revolution” and “Rain.”
• Lucinda (Lu) Faulkner Merritt, a writer who serves on the Ichetucknee Alliance Board of Directors, the steering committee of the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration and the executive committee of the Florida Springs Council.
• Sister Patricia Siemen, Esq., a Dominican Sister and attorney who is the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at Barry University Law School in Orlando.
• Robert E. Ulanowicz, Ph.D., an ecosystems scientist who is a professor emeritus with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and courtesy professor with the University of Florida.
Visit the: ICHETUCKNEE ALLIANCE for more information.
Bioluminescence Field Trip
Saturday, September 12, 2015
6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Location to be determined
Brevard County, FL
Barry Law students, faculty, staff, and their guests are invited to a guided kayak tour of the Indian River Lagoon to experience the wonder of bioluminescence.
Contact: Jane Marsden, email@example.com or (321) 206-5691, for more information and to reserve a place.
Other Events:River Ruckus
St. Johns Riverkeeper
Saturday, August 29, 2015 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Riverside Arts Market
715 Riverside Ave.
A family festival to raise a ruckus for the river and show Jacksonville the St. Johns River is more than a scenic view: it’s a recreational asset that should be respected, protected, and enjoyed.
Contact: Shannon for more information.
Wekiwa Field School - Open to the public!
Florida Springs Institute
Start 28 Aug 2015, 9:00 AM
End 30 Aug 2015, 4:00 PM
Location: Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth Camp
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
The Florida Springs Field School is scheduled for three days of lectures and field trips. The Springs Field School will be held at the Wekiva Springs State Park Youth Camp facilities that include a lecture hall, dining hall, overnight cabins, and a swimming pool and conveniently located just north of Orlando, Florida. Field trips are tentatively planned to Wekiwa and Rock Springs.
Visit: Florida Springs Institute for more information.
Florida Wildflower Foundation's
2015 Wildflower Symposium
Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26
Location: Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Ave, Orlando FL 32803
Visit the Wildflower Symposium webpage for more information.
Native Rhythms Festival
Wickham Park Amphitheater
World Cultural Music and Environmental Arts and Crafts
Free Admission - Family Event
November 12 - 15, 2015
Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Visit Native Rhythms Festivals for more information.
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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